realDB: A Genome Database for Red Algae

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


About realDB

Q1. What is realDB?
Q2. What data and information does realDB contain?
Q3. How is realDB supported?
Q4. How is realDB structured?
Q5. How do I cite realDB?
Q6. How can I contact realDB?

About timeline

Q7. How to use timeline?

Data Curation, Submission and Download

Q8. Can I submit my data to realDB?
Q9. Can I download data from realDB?
Q10. Who should I contact if I think I have found a mistake in the database?
Q11. Who contributes data and/or assistance to realDB?
Q12. How can I find what’s new in realDB?
Q13. How do I know what’s coming next in realDB?

realDB Data

Q14. Is there a tutorial or help section?
Q15. Do I need a realDB account to access data?


Answers

Q1. What is realDB?
A. This is the first database oriented in hosting omics information of red algae, set up by Dr. Fei Chen and Dr. Liangsheng Zhang from Center for genomics and biotechnology, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, China.

Q2. What data and information does realDB contain?
A. realDB aims to be the leading database for red algae genomics. Currently, we hosted 11 draft genomes and 26 transcriptomes, representing all the 7 red algae classes. We also offer three very useful tools for users to search for genes and proteins, including BLAST, Jbrowse, and data searches. This current realDB is Version 1.0, so we will update it continuously.

Q3. How is realDB supported?
A. Currently, realDB is set up by Dr. Fei Chen and Dr. Liangsheng Zhang. A career setup fund was awarded to Dr. Liangsheng Zhang from Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, China.

Q4. How is realDB structured?
A. realDB is a realtively user-friendly online platform. A list of functions/tools were offered, including Introduction, Species, Tools, Download, Help. Users could find information easily through this menu.

Q5. How do I cite realDB?
A. If you use any function or tool, or you want to cite realDB, please cite our URL: http://www.algaegenome.org/realDB.html

Q6. How can I contact realDB?
A. Please feel free to contact Dr. Fei Chen, E-mail: frank@fafu.edu.cn, Dr. Liangsheng Zhang, E-mail: fafuzhang@163.com

Q7. How to use timeline?
A. Timeline is for displaying the update of the red algae with the release of genome/transcriptome, together with information of the genome size, publication details, authors, et al.
If you put your mouse on the name of the species, you can find those information. Click on the species box, you are directed to the related genome paper.
Put your mouse on the timeline zone, you can zoom in or zoom out that area that you are interested in.
The newly sequenced species will be added to this timeline once it is released (through our rapid searching spider).
The red line indicates the current time.

Q8. Can I submit my data to realDB?
A. We strongly encourage users to submit their data either genome or transcriptome to realDB. Please contact Dr. Zhang or Dr. Chen for technical help.

Q9. Can I download data from realDB?
A. Yeah, welcome to use any data for research purpose without any restrictions. For commercial purposes, please contact us before you use any data, we will reply you asap.

Q10. Who should I contact if I think I have found a mistake in the database?
A. To report a bug, e-mail to Dr. Fei Chen, frank@fafu.edu.cn.

Q11. Who contributes data and/or assistance to realDB?
A. Data sources were concisely introduced in http://www.algaegenome.org/P-S.o.html. The other tools and introduction were created by us. References were listed in each section.

Q12. How can I find what’s new in realDB?
A.
1, Unlike other comprehensive databases that host very few red algal genomes, realDB is the first red algae oriented genome database.
2, realBD harbors 26 transcriptomes,11 genomes, representing all the 7 red algae classes.
3, BLAST, Jbrowse, search tools for easy data access and comparison.
Q13. How do I know what’s coming next in realDB?
A. News and events will be updated on the homepage of realDB.

Q14. Is there a tutorial or help section?
A. Click the Help button, you will find almost everything you need. If there's any other problem, feel free to contact us.

Q15. Do I need a realDB account to access data?
A. Currently not needed. No registration is needed to access all data on realDB. But please be noted that if you use it for commercial useage, contact us first.